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Chicago PD Season 5 Episode 1 jumped right back into action with Voight's unit responding to a gun deal on the city's South Side, that leaves several innocent civilians dead, including a young girl named Morgan Williams. 

Jay ends up front-and-center in the racially fueled controversy when ballistics reports that the bullet that killed her was his and not a gang bangers.

As word gets out, Jay is crucified on social media. Almost immediately, his past is dug up, he's called a racist and the ACLU and NAACP want him fired. 

And it's all thanks to Alderman Price, who believes that "the city needs someone to blame" and a young, good-looking, white man is the perfect scapegoat. 

But Voight isn't one to let his team take the fall for acting accordingly. He might not be able to use old tactics in interrogation rooms due to the installation of cameras but he has his ways of making someone talk that I wouldn't exactly call "legal."

The Unit eventually tracks down the gang leader and Voight's able to strike a deal: Price backs off Halstead and Voight lets the lookout go, who also happens to be the brains behind the operation. Price admits he needs him on the streets because he's the "money maker" who is pouring funds into his campaign. Corrupt politician's in Chicago, that's nothing new. 

Price clears Halstead's name in a press conference, hailing him as a hero for saving several lives. 

Still, Halstead has blood on his hands and that's something that comes with the territory of being a cop in Chicago. 

He can't change what he did but he can make amends and does so by visiting Morgan's mother to pay his respects.

In addition, Halstead is trying to deal with Lindsay's departure. 

The episode kicked off with a montage to Lindsay, serving as both the recap and a tearful farewell tribute.

Chicago PD doesn't really address how he's coping aside from showing him in an empty apartment, looking at a picture of the two of them during happier times. Since he's not phased by the missing belongings, it's safe to say a significant amount of time has passed but it'll take time for that wound to heal. 

Voight is also affected by Lindsay's absence and finds comfort in talking about it during a therapy session. 

"It was time for her to move on," he insists, trying hard to believe what that's the truth.



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Chicago PD Season 5 Episode 1 Quotes

Morgan William's senseless death has caused this city great distress and pain. And as a result, we've gone to great lengths to find someone to blame. Someone to hate. And no one has wanted to hate Detective Halstead more than me. But, the more I learned about what actually transpired that morning, the more I'm convinced Detective Halstead did nothing wrong. In fact, his actions saved several lives, several black lives.

Alderman Price

Halstead: She's not coming back is she?
Voight: Look it was time for her to move on. You need to make peace with it.